This project was funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC; grant number 1377) a U.S. DOT University Transportation Center.
Quality of life -- Measurement, Urban transportation policy -- Social aspects, Local transit accessibility
In this multidisciplinary research project we aimed to study mobility challenges that refugees in Tucson, AZ, experience after their resettlement. Using qualitative and quantitative data collected from interviews and survey data, we argue that mobility shapes the ways refugees foster social connections, attain employment and access educational opportunities. Accordingly, barriers to mobility negatively impact refugees’ perception of well-being in post resettlement. However, these challenges are not experienced evenly. Nor are refugees passive subjects who lack agency in overcoming various barriers they experience. The study reveals the resilience of the refugee community in navigating the intersectional challenges they confront related to their mobility. We hope that the implications of this study can inform various stakeholders to better support refugees in navigating existing mobility and transportation challenges and to promote policy change that can increase better spatial mobility for all Tucson community members.
Myadar, Orhon, Adkins, Arlie, Ingram, Maia, Iroz-Elardo, Nicole, Chung, Nga Luna, Clark, Sarah and Smith, Chandler. Understanding connections between mobility, transportation, and quality of life in refugee communities in Tucson, Arizona. NITC-RR-1377. Portland, OR: Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), 2023. https://doi.org/10.15760/trec.292